Cancellation notice | Refunds

Our Next Steps

Thanks to all of you for your contributions in dealing with the effects of this devastating and historic global pandemic. Jumping into the battle with insufficient knowledge and insufficient supplies and equipment is emblematic of who we are as caregivers of children. APSA has been active on several fronts to educate us in the care of patients and to provide support to pediatric surgeons both for education and for their own personal wellness.
 
Although we are all disappointed that in order to keep our patients and providers healthy, we have been forced to cancel our Annual Meeting in May of this year, the resilience of our members in turning disappointment into opportunity can be seen in this communication. We will turn the May meeting into a virtual meeting, and it will be crafted to meet the needs of our community. Dr. David Powell, Dr. Casey Calkins and Dr. Todd Ponsky are leading this digital effort, and their knowledge and creativity will produce an experience that will exceed expectations. I feel proud that the first meeting of the second fifty years will use technology unthinkable to our founders.

  • To the extent that pediatric surgeons may have time on their hands due to elective surgery cancellations, we will begin streaming content from the best and most relevant sessions of the APSA 50th Anniversary Meeting. Access will be free.

  • In order to be most sensitive to the time demands currently being made on our presenters and learners, we will be distributing the 2020 Annual Meeting content as a combination of prerecorded and live virtual events to start May 14.

  • Program Committee Chair Casey Calkins will begin reaching out to presenters immediately to adapt their sessions to take advantage of the virtual format.

In addition:

  • APSA would like to be a resource in these challenging times. The APSA Quality and Professional Development committees have developed a pediatric surgeon focused COVID-19 webpage. (Bookmark it now!) Access is free, and we are eager for you to contribute your experiences to this resource.

  • The APSA Wellness committee is working on strategies to remain healthy in these stressful times.

  • We encourage you to share pictures and videos of how you're adapting. Use #pedsurgresilience in your own Twitter posts or post to APSA's account. Not on social media? It's a good time to join the community; learn how.

These are unique and difficult times. We are here to support you, but we are also receptive to your input and advice. We want all of you to be proactive in contributing to the success of our actions through and beyond this current challenge.
 
Stay safe and take care,
 
Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, President
and the APSA Board of Governors
 
John H.T. Waldhausen, MD, President-Elect
Ronald B. Hirschl, MD, Immediate Past President
Max R. Langham, Jr., MD, Secretary
Mike K. Chen, MD, Treasurer
Jessica K. Kandel, MD, Governor
Peter W. Dillon, MD, Governor
Edward M. Barksdale, MD, Governor

Cancellation of the APSA 2020 Annual Meeting, APSA-IPSO Symposium and Post-Meeting Workshops

After extremely careful consideration, the APSA Board of Governors has made the decision to cancel the APSA 2020 Annual Meeting, APSA-IPSO Symposium and Post-Meeting Workshops, all slated for May 13-17. As pediatric surgeons, our fundamental obligation is as caregivers, and we realize the importance of helping to give you that space to focus on your health and that of your patients and communities during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. It is our priority to follow CDC guidelines and to play our part in social distancing to “flatten the curve” of the spread of coronavirus. We appreciate your patience while we came to the right decision for you and for APSA.

Keeping in mind the same dedication to our members, patients and profession, we will hold a virtual conference later this year. APSA’s Program and Education Committees are already running with the challenge, dedicated to embarking on our next 50 years with a supercharged program maintaining the high-quality learning opportunities you have come to expect. Stay tuned for details!

Meeting Registration Refunds
Refunds will be issued for all registrants of the APSA Annual Meeting. Please allow 6 – 8 weeks for the refund to processed. If you paid by check, you will receive a refund by check. If you paid by credit card, the card used in the transaction will receive the credit.

Hotel Cancellation
You can cancel your reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: phone: +1-407-239-1234: online reservations. If the hotel has not heard from you by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow March 19, they will automatically cancel your reservation. You should not incur a cost to canceling these rooms.

Flight Cancellation
You are responsible for canceling your flight to Orlando; unfortunately, flight cancellation fees are out of our control, but check to see if your airline has a more lenient cancellation policy because of our shared public health crisis.

Stay safe and take care,

The APSA Board of Governors

Joseph P. Vacanti, MD, President
John H.T. Waldhausen, MD, President-Elect
Ronald B. Hirschl, MD, Immediate Past President
Max R. Langham, Jr., MD, Secretary
Mike K. Chen, MD, Treasurer
Jessica K. Kandel, MD, Governor
Peter W. Dillon, MD, Governor
Edward M. Barksdale, MD, Governor